The Eight O’clock Club of Aldington
At the last meeting, Brian Jagger was the guest speaker on Perfumes, Smell and Odours. A former chemists, Brian became a perfumier, which is a profession whereby some 300 fragrances are launched per year. The raffle was well supported. Winners being Kit Baker, Carole Hemstridge, Joan Manuel, Bunny Jaggers, Anne Mason, Zenna Petty, Jane Jordan and Pauline French. At the meeting on Tuesday, April 3, there will be a talk on Windmills. Sessions are held in the village hall at 8pm. There is more room for additional members, who will be welcomed to this friendly club. A fee of £1.50 includes the raffle and refreshments. For more details contact Anne Mason on 01233 720216.
Aldington Ladies Gentle Exercise Club
A welcome will be given by tutor Allanah Small for anyone who has had a hip replacement or surgery and needs to improve fitness. Exercises for all sections of the body are carried out gently, enabling participants correctly negotiate at a pace suitable to them. Age is no hindrance to take part as some exercises can be carried out sitting down. No special equipment is necessary. Required is a T-shirt, a pair of slacks and preferably soft shoes or bare feet. Sessions are held on Wednesdays in the village hall between 2.15pm and 4pm. A fee of £3 includes refreshments. Further details from Anne Mason, phone 01233 720216.
The March meeting was well attended, particularly pleasing was to welcome so many visitors. Mary Ford congratulated Penny and Tim Stubbs on celebrating a golden wedding anniversary. Jean Buckman presented Lindsay Good from the Pilgrim’s Hospice with a cheque from the drama group. Tracy Laws volunteered to be delegate for the annual council meeting. Jean Buckman reported that some of the balance of proceeds from the pantomime had been given to the village hall building fund, to the church building fund and that it had been suggested that the remainder be used for new chairs for the village hall. Agreed to buy a new mat for the darts team and that the monthly competition money be made up to £20, which will be given to the Association of Country Women of the World. A group meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26 at Smarden. Requested that anyone making a glove puppet for this event should bring it to the next meeting. Guest speakers were Lieutenant Commanders Toby and Sophie (nee Spooner) Shaughnessy. They spoke about careers and working lives in the Royal Navy. The flower of the month competition was won by Jean Buckman and the Windy Poem contest by Mary Ford. New members are always welcome. There is a WI notice board by the garage of Street Cottage, in The Street
Ashford Quest Photographic Society
At the meeting on March 16 hosted was the fifth projected images competition. Results: film transparencies, Division One: 1 Motocross by Mark Caldwell; 2 Antelope Canyon by John Devenport; 3 Strip Light by Helen Taylor. Division 2: 1 Please Mister by Gerald Gilbert; 2 Medieval Armourer by John Woodward; 3 Yak Train by Anne-Dominique Fortineau Division 3: 1 Hadzapi bushman smoking marijuana by Mike Auger; 2 Frosted Grass by Marjorie Burge; 3 The Boutique by Elizabeth Wilson. Digital projected images: 1 Common Blue by Michael Sinden; 2 Lakeland Mood by John Wigmore; 3 Stark’s Lark by Deborah Armour. At the meeting on Friday, March 23, featured will be a talk entitled Still Clicking Away, presented by Peter Yeo. New members will be welcomed. Further information from secretary Katrina Devenport, phone 01303 814842 or chairman, John Woodward on 01303 268109.
Godinton 55 Plus Club
Bob Cooper gave a woodwork and lathe-turning demonstration at the last meeting. He brought along items made and members were able to purchase them. Members next meet on Thursday, March 22, in Godinton Village Hall, Loudon Way at 2.30pm for games. There will be a sales table, raffle and refreshments. Entry £1. New members welcome. For more details phone 01233 640159.
Ashford Twinning Association
Members that have for decades organised thriving links between the twin towns of Bad Munstereifel in Germany and Fougeres in France and are looking to expand and attract younger people, to experience the joys of continental friendship exchanges. That club leaders have completed another successful year, made crystal clear at the annual meeting in the Conningbrook Hotel on Friday. Last year there was a trip to Brittany, to celebrate 20 years of links. Hosted was a group from the Eifel and assisted with the triangular civic visit to Ashford. Held was an open meeting with prime guest speakers to include deputy Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Peter Bishop. This year a party will be travelling in June to Germany prior to entertaining a French group. It was unanimous that Gillian Lines was re-elected chairman with Bob Davidson as deputy. Allan Wells remains treasurer with Alan Seal as secretary. The committee is formed by Terry and Ann Staplehurst, Mike Elvy, Marion Brown, Ursula Peters, Daphne Davidson, Maureen Seal, Ade Fulton and Mike Bennett. Members were hugely entertained by an inspiring talk about a year in office by High Sheriff Amanda Cottrell from Challock. Anyone interested in joining or for more information about the association contact Mrs Lines, phone 01233 642660.
At the last meeting, greetings were extended to Hashmi for a talk and demonstration. Beautiful saris in bright colours, bangles, necklaces and forehead jewellery matched the traditional dress. Shown was how a garment can be worn to fit women of all sizes. Members heard how things are changing rapidly from the previous generations. Congratulations were extended to Barbara Taylor, who won a trophy for an entry of a photograph in next year’s calendar. Arrangements have been made for outings: Quex Park, Bluewater and possibly a hobbycraft centre. At the meeting on Wednesday, April 11, Mrs Pearce will be talking on Flowers For Emma.
Egerton Over 60’s Club
For the March meeting, visitors from Bethersden and Pluckley were welcomed. Guest speaker was Denis Pearson, who gave an educated and amusing talk on early life in Yorkshire and the drapery trade. Entitled Bed Linen and Bloomers, members heard of a career involving stock purchasing and managing large stores before retirement in Hythe. Members were able to see a display of books and samples from the industry. A raffle in aid of the Dover RNLI raised £77. A team competed in the annual Scouts quiz, which proved an enjoyable evening. A supper followed by cake, provided by the Scouts was appreciated. Members celebrating birthdays: Doug Cardno, Graham Silver, Joyce Kingsnorth, John Gore, Betty Bolton, Phyllis Weeks, Peggy Harper, Pip Austin, Michael Hill, Peggy Kilby, Pip Garrood, Dorothy Hoyle, Bette Wells and John Watts. Hosted will be a dance on Saturday, May 26 in the Millennium Hall, to which all proceeds will be in aid of the Dover RNLI. Entertainment will be by the Elastic Band. Tickets obtainable by phoning 01233 756294. The next meeting takes place on Monday, April 16. The guest speaker’s topic is Mercey Ships, to which a raffle will be held in aid of the charity.
Folkestone Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild
At the February meeting there was a guest visitor present. Mr Davies from Sittingbourne showed holiday films. Depicted was a coaching holiday in Holland in the spring. Members observing fields of bulbs, the Kerenhoff gardens, pottery, clog-making, cheese and a diamond cutting factory. The competition for a tea towel was won by Jean Pasmore. The annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 27, which will be followed by a quiz and sales table. Also available will be a raffle and refreshments. Visitors and new members welcome to the United Reform Church community hall from 2.30pm.
Before the March meeting began experienced was a power cut with a dilemma if to cancel or not! Although the power did return before 7.30pm, because of the confusion numbers attending were down. Due to an operation the booked speaker was unable to come. Stepping in was Karen Gambrell from Save Canterbury Cathedral campaign. Shown were dramatic close up pictures of the decay in the roof area, stonework and to the 12th century Oculus window. This brought home to members how serious the conservation campaign is worldwide. A history was given by Karen dating back to 597AD and the changes through the centuries to the present day. After a tea break there was entertainment with very funny words of wisdom and rhymes. It was a busy month for many members, with a games evening, a trip to the Marlowe Theatre to see Kiss Me Kate; and the WI’s annual council meeting at Margate. Ann Reynolds will be highlighting about work as a magistrate at the meeting on Tuesday, April 10. Visitors and new members will be made very welcome to St Mary’s Community Centre at 7.30pm.
The RAFA, Hythe and Romney Marsh branch
Speakers and outings representative, Dennis Sexton organised guest speaker Bill Kempton to gave a fascinating talk at the March meeting entitled A Christmas Cruise. Employed by a holiday company as a tour manager, Bill was aboard the ill-fated SS Lakonia in 1963, The vessel caught fire and sank with the loss of 139 lives. Before being rescued, he spent more than six hours in the water, but was eventually picked up and taken to Madeira. Permission has been granted to hold a boot fair on Sunday, June 3 on the Green at Hythe. Hoped is to exceed last year’s attendance and raise funds for the Wings Appeal. Tickets for the charity concert by the Railway Swing Band at the Tower Theatre, Shorncliffe are selling well. Seating is limited with tickets £10. To book and more details contact Tony, phone 01303 220580 or Don on 01303 238435. At the meeting on Tuesday, April 3, the guest speaker will be David Sadler from the British Red Cross. Members meet in the Hythe Conservative Club at 8pm.
Ashford Borough Museum Society
The museum re-opens on Monday, April 2, which is located in the churchyard. Except Sundays and bank holidays, visitors are welcome between 10am and 1pm. Admission is free but donations will be appreciated. Stewards and members of the society are welcome to a preview on Wednesday, March 28 at 2pm. There are several new displays. The curator, Alan Terry, the steward co-ordinator, Derek Duchemin and the committee will be bringing everyone up to date and offering an opportunity to make suggestions and discuss arrangements. The annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 25 in Furley Hall at 2.30pm. Helpers and new members will be welcomed.
Linda Lewis was welcomed as a new member to the March meeting. Names were taken for the educational visit on Wednesday, July 4 to the Yalding organic gardens. The coach will be departing the village at 6.30pm. Annual collection for Pennies for Friendship took place and the money will be presented at the annual council meeting. Guest speaker, Peter Ewart described with slides detailed numerous ways of researching history of a house. A project was undertaken in which the house he was living in revealed historic facts in old records. Enthusiasm was passed on to members, with some planning to follow-up suggestions by researching homes. A vote of thanks was given by Pauline Missing. Jill Hope won the competition for a picture of Grome House. A day course in dying fabric naturally by member Jenny Oliver will be given on Saturday, March 31. Further information obtained by phoning 01233 756452. Pat Parr and Wendy Byrne man the trading stall. Recent items sold included free range eggs, plants, books, perfume and hand-made cards. Some 10 per cent of sales profit is in aid of WI funds. Ideas are required next month for the round table meeting, where members can discuss views on next years programme. At the meeting on Wednesday, April 4, Frances Turner will be talking about the Fair Trade organisation. Members meet in the village hall at 7.30pm. The two competitions are: a plate of home-made biscuits and a glove puppet.
Folkestone Camera Club
On March 12 there was a showing of the London Salon slides with commentary on the international exhibition of Pictorial Photography. These slides from prints, were from very experienced photographers from across the country, and the standard is very high. It gave constructive ideas on how members could improve photography, although some are a little way out for usual club standards. Ian Stone entered a competition hosted by the Audley Travel magazine with the category: a photograph which encapsulates the spirit of a location. Entitled Horse games in Krygyzstan the venue was at Son-Kol Lake, 3,300metres in height. The winning photo was chosen from 300 other entrants with the prize being three nights at a five-star hotel in St Petersburg, Russian Confederation. Bob Brisley has received a FIAP acceptance in Australia for the audio-visual presentation called New York, New York. Recognition was also of a print by the organisations Florida group, which was entitled Antherium. The entry also received a DPAGB certificate. The club is certainly doing well with personal achievements by members and winning several battles recently against other clubs. Currently there is a membership of 70 who enjoy a social setting at meetings and do battle with clubs within the county. The programme covers many aspects of photography to suit all tastes. On Monday, March 26, judge Geoff Cheney will be deciding entries for the slide/projected image competition number five. Two outings have being arranged: for April, Scotney Castle and May Kew Gardens. For more details log on to www.folkestonecameraclub .co.uk Meetings are held in St Georges Church, Audley Road from 7.45pm. New members welcome. More details contact Jenny Barraclough on 01303 245399.